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While high oil prices may be problematic for some trucking companies, they may be disastrous for airlines, whose operations – already losing money – could be plunged into bankruptcy.

(A) they may be disastrous for airlines, whose
(B) they may potentially cause disaster for airlines in that their
(C) for airlines they may be disastrous, because their
(D) for airlines, it may be disastrous in that their
(E) it may potentially cause disaster for airlines, whose
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Explanation:

This question is aimed to test many errors at the same time. Most prominent is the usage of two sets of pronouns -- they/it and whose/their. Other aspects tested are parallelism and redundancy.

(A) Correct.
- "high oil prices may be problematic for some trucking companies" is parallel to "they may be disastrous for airline".
- "they" is correctly referring to "high oil prices".
- "whose" is correctly modifying "airlines".
- No redundancy.

(B) Wrong.
- "may potentially" is redundant. The sentence can have either "may" or "potentially".
- Placing of "their" is ambiguous -- "their" may refer to "airlines" or "high oil prices".

(C) Wrong.
- "high oil prices may be problematic for some trucking companies" is not parallel to "for airlines they may be disastrous".
- Placing of "their" is ambiguous -- "their" may refer to "airlines" or "high oil prices".

(D) Wrong.
- Singular pronoun "it" has the plural antecedent "high oil prices".
- Placing of "their" is ambiguous -- "their" may refer to "airlines" or "high oil prices".
- "high oil prices may be problematic for some trucking companies" is not parallel to "for airlines, it may be disastrous".

(E) Wrong.
- Singular pronoun "it" has the plural antecedent "high oil prices".
- "may potentially" is redundant. The sentence can have either "may" or "potentially".
- "high oil prices may be problematic for some trucking companies" is not parallel to "it may potentially cause disaster for airlines".

Correct answer is A.
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While high oil prices may be problematic for some trucking companies, they may be disastrous for airlines, whose operations – already losing money – could be plunged into bankruptcy.

(A) they may be disastrous for airlines, whose
correct
(B) they may potentially cause disaster for airlines in that their
awkward and wordy
(C) for airlines they may be disastrous, because their
the antecedent of they, their in not clear
(D) for airlines, it may be disastrous in that their
It cannot be a pronoun for plural "high oil prices"
(E) it may potentially cause disaster for airlines, whose
It cannot be a pronoun for plural "high oil prices"
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This differential treatment of ‘they’ in A as clear and acceptable, while in C, it is ambiguous and rejectable, is worrisome. In addition, rejecting B on awkwardness and wordiness, isn’t strong enough'

Not happy with this example; Are there an OA and OE from the source?
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This differential treatment of ‘they’ in A as clear and acceptable, while in C, it is ambiguous and rejectable, is worrisome. In addition, rejecting B on awkwardness and wordiness, isn’t strong enough'

Not happy with this example; Are there an OA and OE from the source?

This question is from Kaplan and OA is already entered.

There are other reasons for rejecting B and C -- I will post the OE after a little more discussions.
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While high oil prices may be problematic for some trucking companies, they may be disastrous for airlines, whose operations – already losing money – could be plunged into bankruptcy.


(A) they may be disastrous for airlines, whose
Correct because "they" is parallel to "high oil prices" and "whose" clearly modifies "airlines".
(B) they may potentially cause disaster for airlines in that their
"may potentially" is pleonastic, "cause disaster..." is unidiomatic.
(C) for airlines they may be disastrous, because their
"because their" is ambiguous. "Their" can refer to either "airlines" or "oil prices".
(D) for airlines, it may be disastrous in that their
The first comma is invalid, "it" is not congruent with "prices".
(E) it may potentially cause disaster for airlines, whose
"it" is not congruent with "prices", "may potentially" is pleonastic.
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I have posted the answer explanation just after the question. Link to that post: while-high-oil-prices-may-be-problematic-for-some-trucking-152529.html#p1222884
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While high oil prices may be problematic for some trucking companies, they may be disastrous for airlines, whose operations – already losing money – could be plunged into bankruptcy.

(A) they may be disastrous for airlines, whose
correct
(B) they may potentially cause disaster for airlines in that their
awkward and wordy
(C) for airlines they may be disastrous, because their
the antecedent of they, their in not clear
(D) for airlines, it may be disastrous in that their
It cannot be a pronoun for plural "high oil prices"
(E) it may potentially cause disaster for airlines, whose
It cannot be a pronoun for plural "high oil prices"

You arrived at the correct answer.
In the analysis part, there are more specific reasons to discard option B. For option C, "they" is not ambiguous, but "their" is ambiguous.
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While high oil prices may be problematic for some trucking companies, they may be disastrous for airlines, whose operations – already losing money – could be plunged into bankruptcy.

(A) they may be disastrous for airlines, whose
they refer to high oil prices,whose refer to airlines. correct
(B) they may potentially cause disaster for airlines in that their change of meaning as high prices being disastrous is different from high prices causeing a disaster
(C) for airlines they may be disastrous, because theirincorrect structure because their is ambigous.
(D) for airlines, it may be disastrous in that their it is wrongly refering to high oil prices
(E) it may potentially cause disaster for airlines, whose it is wrongly refering to high oil prices
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But how do you know that "they" in the first option refers to prices and not companies? What is the rule here please?
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It looks like we have two threads on this one. Can we merge these? https://gmatclub.com/forum/while-high-o ... 57408.html
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Very elegant OE provided by Kaplan.

The underlined portion contains two pronouns ("they" and "whose"), so check that they are being used properly. "They" clearly refers to the oil prices, and "whose" clearly refers to airlines. The pronouns match up clearly and logically. There appears to be no error.

(A) and (B) begin with "they," (C) and (D) begin with "for," and (E) begins with "it."

(B) contains a couple of problems. First, the phrase "may potentially" is redundant. If something "may" happen, that already implies potential. There is no need for both words. Further, the pronoun "their" at the end is ambiguous, as it could refer to oil prices or airlines. That eliminates (B).

The first half of the sentence begins with "While," making it a dependent clause. What follows the comma should be an independent clause (i.e., a sentence that can stand by itself). There's no need for the conjunction "for" as the first half is already dependent. That eliminates (C) and (D).

The potential cause of disaster is "oil prices," which is a plural noun. That should be replaced with "they," not "it." That eliminates (E).

There is no error in the original sentence, and all other answer choices are flawed. That makes (A) the correct answer.
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The mechanical contention of the OE that in C, 'their' might refer to the high oil price is untenable because after all oil prices have no operations. At best, their might refer to either the airlines or the truck companies. Therefore, 'they' and their'indeed refer to two different entities, and that is what makes C incorrect.
In general, who or what can go bankrupt? Is it a person, a company, or an operation?
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